Thomasville meat salesman charged with exploitation

Investigation dates back to July
Oct. 07, 2013 @ 02:57 PM

Davidson County Sheriff's office charged a Thomasville meat salesman with exploiting an elderly woman.
According to a DCSO press release, the Criminal Investigations Division on July 26 started an investigation into a case of obtaining property by false pretenses at 213 Davidson Drive involving Omega Meats Co. Detectives found that a Chair City man selling Omega Meats exploited on two separate occasions more than $1,000 from an elderly woman.
Following an investigation, detectives on Oct. 4 arrested David Marshall Hinkle, 35, of 1641 John Green Road, and charged him with two counts of exploitation of an elder/disabled adult by a position of trust and two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.
"Basically, he sold her meat and came back and said he had a bargain for her," Sheriff David Grice said. "She wrote him a check and he came back and said he could give her a bigger discount if she gave him cash and he would just tear up the check. He ended up cashing the check and keeping her cash and not delivering any meat."
Grice said the woman had been purchasing meat for three years from Hinkle, who is an independent contractor and not an employee of Omega Meats. 
"He doesn't work directly with Omega," said Grice.
Hinkle was taken to the Davidson County Magistrate and issued a $5,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in District Criminal Court on Nov. 25.  

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